31 July 2013

The End of 101 in 1001

Well, I have reached the end of my 1001 days. Actually, I reached the end on 28 July, but that's really besides the point.

To revisit, the 101 in 1001 in a list of 101 goals to complete in 1001 days, which is roughly about 2.75 years. You can find my list here.

So, how did I do?

Does failed miserably say anything?

Hmm, no? Perhaps I'm a bit harsh with myself. However, out of 101 goals, I only completed 44 out of 101. Not acceptable in my book.

When I started this 101 in 1001, Mike was on a long TDY out of the country, we had fairly recently moved here, I wasn't pregnant with Daphne yet, so I got pretty ambitious. Boredom and loneliness when your husband is gone can really make set some lofty goals - all in the name of "When he gets home, we're going to do x, y and z . .. ". Call it wishful thinking if you will.

Although, I will admit I had some pretty tough goals on there: master the French language, learn to play the piano (from the very beginning), finish my bachelors degree, ride in a hot air balloon (although Albuquerque is certainly the city to do that in) plus some 33 or so scenic drives across the state of New Mexico . . . so I'll try not to be too hard on myself.

I think, though, that I will not do another 101 in 1001 until we leave Albuquerque, which should be sometime in the next year. With that being said, I'll keep working towards those goals. I know some of them I won't get done: like completing my Bachelor's degree - that is not going to happen any time soon. Or homeschooling Sophie through preschool - that boat has sailed, and since she needs to be in a special developmental preschool- it isn't going to happen.

Now, I did have a really rough pregnancy in those 2.75 years which really dampened a lot of sight-seeing plans. Plus having three kids under the age of 2 1/2 makes it hard to get anything done except the laundry and the dishes. So maybe I'm a bit too ambitious for what my life can really handle at this point.

Did you do a 101 in 1001? Have you reached your end date yet? How did you do?

03 July 2013

The Liebster Award

I was nominated for a Blogger Award! :) Thank you Sierra for nominating me! :)

It looks like a lot of this award is getting to know me better, for you fellow bloggers in the blogosphere - here you go. :) 

Here are the rules:
The Rules for Nominated Person: 
1. Post 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
3. Nominate 5-11 more bloggers with under 200 followers.
4. Ask 11 questions of my nominees.
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11 Things About Me
 1. I am a Christian, that is my life - I am follower of Jesus Christ, in action and word. Hopefully my life reflects that. :)
2. I am married to an amazing man who happens to serve in the United States Air Force.I am very proud of him and I love being a MilSpouse and all that goes will being attached to the military. Well, I love most things about being attached to the military. 
3. I love horses. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I worked as a horse trainer and general stable hand. And I had my own horse. A beautiful flea-bitten gray Arabian Quarter horse named Billy. I rode western, but my favorite was bare-back. Being on the back of a horse is one of the most familiar places in the world to me, even though it has been a very long time . . .
After a muddy trail ride . . .also a few years after I no longer owned Billy, and had gone to visit him.
4. I love to read, and write. If I could paid to read all day long, whatever I chose, it would be my dream job. For now, I'll keep writing reviews - such a fabulous way to find new, amazing authors, get free books and read amazing stories. I've been an avid reader since I could read and averaged a young adult fiction novel about every day or two by the age of nine. More often than not, you could find me on the playground reading under a tree rather than playing with the other kids. Books have been my constant friends and companions almost my whole life.
5. I love to travel and just about anywhere will do if you have to travel to get there. I do have a very strong desire to go to Europe though . .. it's as though the green countryside of England is calling to me . . .
6. I love history. It doesn't particularly matter which period of history to me, they are all fascinating and I love to learn about it all. This presents quite the quandary, however, when choosing which history classes to take at college. Where to start, where to start . . .
7. I am a huge fan of the BBC series Merlin. I found it totally by fluke on Netflix one late night when I was bored and Mike was busy with homework and I have been hooked ever since. I watched the first four seasons straight through twice in a row, catching all kinds of little YouTube tidbits in between while making the kids lunch. Or dinner. I haven't ever really considered myself a "fan" of anything on screen before, so this is a big first for me. By "fan", I mean going above and beyond extras on a DVD.
8. I owned by own [successful] company at the age of 23 before I had completed my Associates degree. I consider myself to be a "self made" person. (I have yet to finish my Bachelors, but Lord willing, I'll get there. One day.)
9. I abhor cleaning the house. It just seems so redundant and pointless to me. I mean, you clean, and then it gets messy, and you have to clean it again. Very frustrating. So for now, it's an act of discipline.
10. I love to research. It doesn't particularly matter what I'm researching, I just love to track down, find, cumulate and write about information. In school, some of my professors had to limit the number of pages of my research papers. It's just so fun! :) (This could relate to why some of my posts are so long winded.)
11. I am a first generation born American on one side of the family (my Mom is Australian), and as old as Anglo-Saxon American can get on the other (my 5th great-grandfather (direct descendent) is Patrick Henry and the line goes back much farther than that). I love that I'm a mix of the old and the new. 

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11 Questions from Sierra

1.What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
2.If you could live in another time period, what would it be? Oh, that is really hard. I would say, either World War II Europe, or 16th century Europe - preferably France or England and preferably nobility, haha. 
3.Where is someplace you have never gone, but really want to visit? The Grand Canyon and Seattle, Washington.
4.Favorite knock-knock joke? Don't know any. I know, so humorless. 
5.Where were you and how old were you when you met your best friend? That depends on which best friend. :) Childhood best friend, Kenna, on Okinowa in our neighborhood. Best friend Sam, high school English class (Ms. Soto - best English teacher ever). Best friend Michelle - when Joe, Kyle and I picked her up from the airport in OKC when she flew in to move to OK and marry Joe. Best friend Nikki, at PWOC on Tinker AFB in the Chapel Annex, I think it was a PWOC Retreat. Best friend Sierra, when she brought me a meal when I had injured my knee shortly after moving to Kirtland. I have a lot of best friends - I feel so blessed! :)
6.If you really could do or be anything you wanted, what would it be? An accomplished author, historian, researcher and nurse. Can I be all of those things?
7. Favorite nail polish? Blue?
8. What is one of your phobias? Anginophobia
9. What is your favorite kind of shoe? Knee high heeled boots that fit my legs properly
10. If you could have a superpower, what it would be and why? Flying, absolutely, flying. Because I want to be able to go anytime I want and go anywhere I want with no restrictions. I want to be free.
11.What do you have to have when you leave the house? Clothes, preferably on.

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My nominations:
Cat at the C.W.
Becca at Our Italia: Bloom Where You Are Planted
Sarah at Kinsley's Adventures
Stacey at Isom's Journey
Cyndi at 365 Deployment Pics

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My 11 Questions:
1. Where would your dream home be and what would it look like?
2. If you were an animal, which animal would it be?
3. If you were leaving on a spaceship to go live in a new colony on a far away planet, and could only bring 2 books, which books would you bring?
4. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
5. What is your favorite type of weather and why?
6. What was your best year (age-wise)?
7. What is the longest road-trip you have ever taken and how did you like it?
8. What is the best Bible study you have done, if you've done one, and why? If you haven't done a Bible study before, what is the best improve-yourself study/book you've ever done/read?
9. If you could have any other name, what would it be?
10. Favorite article of clothing?
11. Which Christmas was your favorite?

Thanks so much for reading in and I look forward to seeing what my nominees write! Don't forget to grab the pic too. :)